Mobile TV “in turmoil”

Mobile TV is “in a bit of turmoil.” Not the obvious words of any punter who happens to crave a bit of telly on the go here in the UK. Rather those of

Mobile TV is “in a bit of turmoil.” Not the obvious words of any punter who happens to crave a bit of telly on the go here in the UK. Rather those of Nokia’s very own Niklas Savander, the man in charge of Internet Services at the mobile giant.In a chat with Reuters, Savander was also quoted as saying, "We have seen that there are multiple segments who are not interested in the broadcasting, but rather in downloads. Roll out is slower than also we anticipated a couple of years ago."Despite the EU giving Macca–style double thumbs to DVB–H earlier in 2008, and Nokia shoving the tech in their soon–to–launch N96, it seems Euro gadget lovers just aren’t feeling it when it comes to live TV on the move.It’s hardly surprising. Nokia is right to say people prefer downloads. They’re straight–forward, put you in charge and let you decide when to watch. Just like the ever-popular VOD services that are cropping up in living rooms up and down the land.With regular scheduled TV taking a battering from digital downloads and on–demand, from iTunes in the States, to the iPlayer over here, the “turmoil” Savander talks of isn’t going away any time soon.Will we ever care about mobile TV in the UK? In its regular, scheduled form, I doubt it. Downloads will always rule the day. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.

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